My family's dental health is important to me. Unfortunately for me, it is not as important to my little ones. Getting my kids to brush and floss on a daily basis is almost like taking on an obstacle course. I talked to my family's dentist about different methods I could try to encourage them to brush and floss on a regular basis. Some of the tricks worked, some did not. After some experimentation and talking to other parents, I was able to come up with a lot of great tips for helping kids care for their teeth. I started this blog to help other parents get creative when it comes to their kids and dental care.
In years past, if you wanted to correct crooked teeth you would have to wear metal braces for a set period of time and visit an orthodontist regularly to have the braces adjusted. However, in this day and age, misaligned teeth can be corrected through the use of invisible aligners. With invisible aligners, you will wear a set of aligners for a few weeks and then use a new set of aligners. Over time, the invisible aligners will shift your teeth into the proper place, resulting in a beautiful, straight smile. If you are planning on using invisible aligners to correct your smile, use the following tips:
Wear Your Invisible Aligners Around the Clock
Invisible aligners are very popular because they are clear in color and can also be easily removed. However, just because you can remove invisible aligners does not mean that you should. If you want the best results from your treatment, you should plan on wearing your aligners at all times. You will need to remove your invisible aligners when you eat or brush your teeth, but outside of these times, the aligners should be in place on your teeth.
Keep Your Aligners Clean
Since invisible aligners will be in your mouth for the majority of the day, it is very important to keep them clean. If you neglect to clean your invisible aligners, bacteria can build up, which can lead to problems. To clean your invisible aligners, remove them from your mouth and rinse them with warm water. You can then use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste to scrub each aligner. It is a good idea to clean your aligners at the same time that you brush your own teeth each day.
Always Have Your Carrying Case
Once you begin wearing invisible aligners to straighten your teeth, it is important to get into the habit of having a carrying case on hand. Since you will need to remove your aligners to eat, a carrying case will be a safe place to store them. The same is true when you are brushing your teeth. The last thing that you want is to take your invisible aligners out to eat and then have them get lost or thrown away. Invisible aligners are not inexpensive, so investing in a carrying case and using it every time you take out the aligners can save you a lot of hassle and frustration.
Talk to your dentist to learn more about Invisalign braces.